Here’s a question for you all? Are you ready and prepared for tomorrow? Is everything in place to ensure you day goes smoothly? I would imagine most of you are now nodding or thinking of course it is. But let’s extend that a little, are you ready for next week, next month, next year? No, of course not. At this moment in time we are not sure what is going to happen so we don’t have the correct information to prepare. Or do we?…
We can look forward and prepare for what we know will happen. One example of this is that busy season that everybody starts to prepare for in the summer. As soon as the temperature drops by a few degrees in September you can guarantee that the Christmas trees and decorations appear in the shop, people start buying presents for people to budget the cost and we find ourselves in a crazy world of worrying about things that are not really important in the grand scheme of things.
I wonder how many are spiritually prepared for the future. If there is one thing I have learned it takes but a brief unseen moment for a life to end. How can we ever prepare for that? We can’t to be honest, nobody can foresee how or when we will meet our end but we can do things to make sure our soul is ready for whatever may happen. I pray that it will be many years from now and your have a great fullfilling life until then but we all know that one day that moment will arrive.
No one is saying you have to turn into a saint or join the priesthood or become a nun but there are a few things you can do naturally in life to ensure we are spiritually ready. As a christian, this is in our teaching but God does love us all, no matter what. I’m not going to preach or give instruction or patronise anyone. I am human and I have my own preparations to make. It would be hypocritical of me to do so. But I do see things in my life that may be repeated elsewhere. Like making it up with friends you may have upset, getting in touch with that family member you had a row with some years ago, saying sorry for the things you’ve done. Not rocket science but something all of us fall short of. Most of all, forgive. The one thing that the bible teaches us, coming to think of it so do all Holy books, is the most important of all things. Love the Lord, your God and love your neighbour as yourself. If you cannot forgive, how can you expect to be forgiven. If you cannot love, how can you expect to be loved. If you cannot save, how can you expect to be saved.
A soldier on the battlefield has to train, prepare and plan in order to carry out his duties. It often involves hard work, pain and suffering but he does it because he knows it is right and for the good of others. We don’t have to go that far but we can use that as a good inspiation to get ready for what will come.
It has been a little morbid today but if we avoid the truth we will eventually get caught out. I would hate that to happen to anyone. Also remember that however hard things may get, you have someone on your shoulder who will never desert you, he will never walk away. And if you ask him he will help you to prepare.
Bible reading for this month can be found at
1 Peter 3:15